I'm not the biggest fan of Cubans but the H. Upmann Royal Robusto was highly recommended to me.  I ended up picking up a box of 10 to try out.


All I was picking up here was the delicious smell of fermented tobacco.


This cigar measures 5.31" x 52 gauge and is robusto shaped.  The wrapper on the Royal Robusto is a golden brown.  As with other Cuban cigars it has a triple cap.   Tooth was present around the foot.



I found the flavor profiles in the first to be light pepper with some sweet and creamy undertones.  There was rich spice at the back of my throat at the end of a draw.



There was some cedar added to the flavor mix as I moved into the second third.  It was holding ash very well and I ended up tapping it off so as not to have it in my lap.

Overall the middle is very smooth and balanced.



The creaminess from the first is more dominant here and the cedar morphs into a dried wood.  That wood flavor becomes the primary flavor to close out the last third.



The draw on the H. Upmann was on the tight side.  The cigar held a nice strong ash until I tapped it off.  Total smoking time was 1 hour and 35 minutes.


The H. Upmann Royal Robusto can be found around the $15 mark for singles.  They come in 10 count boxes at around the $140 mark.  The value here is fairly average, as the price point puts them into the higher premium category.

Final Word:

When you light up a Cuban cigar you usually know what you're in for.  A nice smooth, balanced smoke with excellent burn.  The H. Upmann Royal Robusto moves towards the more complex end of flavors with some medium strength as well.  This is an excellent cigar and if you have the chance I'd recommend you try one out for yourself.

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Comment by Generally Useful Jared on August 16, 2013 at 2:49pm

I AM a big Cuban fan, of the ones that I've had anyway, and this sounds like it would run right up with the others, with that sweet cedar wood and spice, and with that tight of a pack/draw, no wonder you got an hour and a half out of a robusto. Sounds like I can put this on my list to look for.

Comment by Peter Brown on April 17, 2015 at 1:01am

Nice cigar and this is an excellent review. The draw of this cigar is cool and it is producing a great bit of smoke with each puff.


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